My medallion quilt top is finished - at a bit over 2 metres square (80inches) it is big enough, so time to stop adding borders!
Just to give you an idea of the sources of inspiration for the borders - I have loads of quilt history books and here are three favourite quilts from them that inspired the design, colours and borders.
Here are the books in which I found the pictures :
So this is how far I got with my quilt design/ construction last time ... ready for another border.
I wanted to get a zig zag border in there, and I also especially wanted to use a large floral fabric - so decided to combine the two. Here are some sketches mulling over the dimensions...
Drawing up a paper pattern
Fitting the pattern to the quilt top
The triangles (background) was to be my floral and the zig zag strip was to be the cream fabric I had used for the applique border. To construct the zig zag there are various possible techniques such as making a bias strip to applique, or piecing it in blocks, and no doubt a lot more options too! I decided the best method for me was back-basted needleturn applique. So here goes... tracing the design on to the back of my floral (using light pad)
I then basted the cream fabric along those lines on the back, trimmed it back and needle turned the edges on the top. I found it an easy and accurate method - and really enjoyed the applique.
|Basting is gradually removed ahead of the needleturn|
First I have to quilt 'Simon' - which is on the floor getting pinned bit by bit.
Meanwhile I spent a lovely weekend at Summer School in the Blue Mountains (organised by Karen Cunningham), in Rhonda Pearce's workshop - the Ann Randoll quilt. Here is Rhonda in front of her reproduction quilt, and students madly hand sewing...
There are more borders to go but just look at this so far - wow!
|Rhonda' s Ann Randoll reproduction|
|photo from Sue Prichard's book Quilts 1700-2010|
It was such a privilege and inspiration to attend this class - Rhonda is a needlewoman extraordinaire - I was in awe - the tiniest, neatest hand stitches ever. I shall be striving and striving but sadly will not be reaching that standard! However I am really excited to be tackling this one - such a variety of fun techniques. The next borders have more applique and tiny hexagons as well - great.
We covered a few of the techniques involved - and made a start of bits and pieces (applique, bias strips, hand piecing curves) so we know what we're doing (that's the theory anyway!). Here's my weekend's work on the middle of the quilt - may not look a lot but it was challenging handwork ! I've placed the pieces together so you can see how it will evolve ...
And here is a photo (from the book again) of the middle of the original antique quilt - now you might see where I am going with this...
Great company, great venue, beautiful mountain location, yummy food and great teachers - looking forward to next year!
Hope all Aussies are enjoying the relief of cooler weather now - sigh....it is wonderfully cool and drizzling here now. Am off to do some garden work.